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It wasn’t until December of 1899 that the real secret to ghost-hunting revealed itself. Vera and her assistant, Lida Parsell, investigated a haunted confessional in a Catholic church. They came to the realization that intense guilt – such as one might find hanging in a confessional – rips holes between the physical and spirit dimensions. Only then can ghosts appear. That’s when things got weird. That’s when Vera and Lida began to learn just how far the spirit realm reaches. Vanity might convince us that only human beings have eternal spirits. But that’s a dangerous mistake.
Set in the early 1900s, my Help for the Haunted: 13 Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries collection begins with ghosts and poltergeists – but Vera and Lida increasingly confront new types of otherworldly entities. The one constant binding them together is the emotion of guilt, since pronounced guilt is what shoves open the dimensional doorway. In a sense, then, these stories explore of psychological echoes of immoral behavior.
And who isn’t haunted in one way or another? We learn about Lida’s dark past right away. She was a phony spiritualist medium, taking advantage of those aching for assurance that their loved ones survived death. This is how she and Vera met.
Vera has a secret, too. A secret that festers but remains hidden.
Lida seems to tolerate not knowing what haunts Vera, utterly distracted by her quirks. Vera adores lunch, for instance — and has a taste for beer. She has a parade of oddly creative sayings. And, of course, there is Vera’s surprising ability to unravel supernatural and psychological mysteries.
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It just might make you want to buy the novel when it becomes available.
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